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The European Parliament’s carbon footprint: Towards carbon neutrality

14-09-2020

The study analyses the European Parliament’s (EP) carbon footprint in the context of the recent EP resolutions, in which it declared a climate emergency in Europe and requested the development of a strategy to become itself carbon-neutral by 2030. The analysis takes into account the various sources contributing to the EP’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including those related to its function in three different sites and the traveling of its Members and staff. This document was prepared by the Policy ...

The study analyses the European Parliament’s (EP) carbon footprint in the context of the recent EP resolutions, in which it declared a climate emergency in Europe and requested the development of a strategy to become itself carbon-neutral by 2030. The analysis takes into account the various sources contributing to the EP’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including those related to its function in three different sites and the traveling of its Members and staff. This document was prepared by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies, and the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Unit at the request of the committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Commitments made at the hearing of Stella KYRIAKIDES, Commissioner-designate - Health

22-11-2019

The commissioner-designate, Stella Kyriakides, appeared before the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament on 01 October 2019 to answer MEPs’ questions. During the hearing, she made a number of oral commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to her portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to her by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "protecting and promoting public health" and ...

The commissioner-designate, Stella Kyriakides, appeared before the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament on 01 October 2019 to answer MEPs’ questions. During the hearing, she made a number of oral commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to her portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to her by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "protecting and promoting public health" and "food safety and animal and plant health".

Commitments made at the hearing of Frans TIMMERMANS, Executive Vice-President-designate - European Green Deal

22-11-2019

The commissioner-designate, Frans Timmermans, appeared before the European Parliament on 08 October 2019 to answer questions from MEPs in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "A European Green Deal" and a "Climate ...

The commissioner-designate, Frans Timmermans, appeared before the European Parliament on 08 October 2019 to answer questions from MEPs in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During the hearing, he made a number of commitments which are highlighted in this document. These commitments refer to his portfolio, as described in the mission letter sent to him by Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, including "A European Green Deal" and a "Climate Action". The quotes included in this document only make reference to the oral commitments made during the hearing.

European policies on climate and energy towards 2020, 2030 and 2050

05-02-2019

The European Union (EU) has committed itself to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 and aims to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In order to achieve these targets, a large number of legislative actions were approved at EU level. This document, prepared by Policy Department A, gives an overview of European policies on climate and energy towards 2020, 2030 and 2050.

The European Union (EU) has committed itself to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 and aims to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In order to achieve these targets, a large number of legislative actions were approved at EU level. This document, prepared by Policy Department A, gives an overview of European policies on climate and energy towards 2020, 2030 and 2050.

Resource efficiency and the circular economy

01-04-2018

Past and current patterns of resource use have led to high pollution levels, environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources. EU waste policy has a long history and has traditionally focused on more environmentally sustainable waste management. The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Circular Economy Package should change this trend by transforming the EU’s economy into a sustainable one by 2050. The four new directives on waste in the recent Circular Economy Package introduce ...

Past and current patterns of resource use have led to high pollution levels, environmental degradation and the depletion of natural resources. EU waste policy has a long history and has traditionally focused on more environmentally sustainable waste management. The Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Circular Economy Package should change this trend by transforming the EU’s economy into a sustainable one by 2050. The four new directives on waste in the recent Circular Economy Package introduce new waste management targets regarding prevention, reuse, recycling and landfilling. Under the European Green Deal, the new Circular Economy Action Plan provides a future-oriented agenda for achieving a cleaner and more competitive EU and fully contributing to climate neutrality.

Climate Diplomacy

15-03-2018

This report summarises the presentations and the discussion that took place at the workshop on Climate Diplomacy held on 20 February 2018 at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. It was organised by the Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies (DG EXPO) and Policy Department A in the Directorate General for Internal Policies (DG IPOL) at the request of the EP’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The workshop ...

This report summarises the presentations and the discussion that took place at the workshop on Climate Diplomacy held on 20 February 2018 at the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels. It was organised by the Policy Department of the Directorate General for External Policies (DG EXPO) and Policy Department A in the Directorate General for Internal Policies (DG IPOL) at the request of the EP’s Committees on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). The workshop provided members of the AFET and ENVI Committees and all participants with insights from experts on the state of play with climate diplomacy and provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of the EU in this field. MEPs Jo Leinen and Arne Lietz, co-rapporteurs of the EP’s own-initiative report on climate diplomacy, hosted the workshop.

Chemicals and pesticides

01-02-2018

EU chemicals and pesticides legislation aims to protect human health and the environment and to prevent barriers to trade. It consists of rules governing the marketing and use of particular categories of chemical products, a set of harmonised restrictions on the placing on the market and use of specific hazardous substances and preparations, and rules governing major accidents and exports of dangerous substances. Under the term ‘pesticides’ are grouped substances used to suppress, eradicate and prevent ...

EU chemicals and pesticides legislation aims to protect human health and the environment and to prevent barriers to trade. It consists of rules governing the marketing and use of particular categories of chemical products, a set of harmonised restrictions on the placing on the market and use of specific hazardous substances and preparations, and rules governing major accidents and exports of dangerous substances. Under the term ‘pesticides’ are grouped substances used to suppress, eradicate and prevent organisms that are considered harmful. They include biocidal products and plant protection products (PPPs). The most important achievement at EU level is the REACH Regulation, which regulates the registration, evaluation and authorisation of dangerous substances and the restrictions applicable to them. Under the European Green Deal and particularly the new ‘chemicals for sustainability’, ‘farm to fork’ and ‘biodiversity’ strategies, EU legislation on these issues will be revised in the near future.

Biodiversity, land use and forestry

01-02-2018

The EU has played an important international role in seeking solutions to biodiversity loss, deforestation and climate change. The 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development marked a major step forward for the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of nature thanks to the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 2011 the EU committed itself to halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020. The 2015 Paris Agreement on ...

The EU has played an important international role in seeking solutions to biodiversity loss, deforestation and climate change. The 1992 UN Conference on the Environment and Development marked a major step forward for the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of nature thanks to the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 2011 the EU committed itself to halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change notes the importance of ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems and the protection of biodiversity. As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission has proposed a new biodiversity strategy that aims to put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030, for the benefit of people, the climate and the planet.

Combating climate change

01-02-2018

The European Union (EU) is among the leading major economies when it comes to tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2018, it had cut GHG emissions by 23% compared to 1990 levels, and it is committed to achieving a 40% cut by 2030. In December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal and is now proposing a package of measures aimed at increasing its GHG emission reduction ambition for 2030 and decarbonising the EU’s economy by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. In ...

The European Union (EU) is among the leading major economies when it comes to tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2018, it had cut GHG emissions by 23% compared to 1990 levels, and it is committed to achieving a 40% cut by 2030. In December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal and is now proposing a package of measures aimed at increasing its GHG emission reduction ambition for 2030 and decarbonising the EU’s economy by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. In order to put the EU on a balanced pathway towards carbon neutrality by 2050, in September 2020 the Commission proposed to raise the climate ambition of the GHG emission reduction target to 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Sustainable consumption and production

01-11-2017

Sustainable growth is one of the main objectives of the European Union (EU). Faced with a global scarcity of natural resources, ‘doing more with less’ has become the main challenge for producers and consumers. To address this challenge during a period of rapid climate change and growing demand for energy and resources, the EU has introduced a whole range of policies and initiatives aimed at sustainable consumption and production. These should improve the overall environmental performance of products ...

Sustainable growth is one of the main objectives of the European Union (EU). Faced with a global scarcity of natural resources, ‘doing more with less’ has become the main challenge for producers and consumers. To address this challenge during a period of rapid climate change and growing demand for energy and resources, the EU has introduced a whole range of policies and initiatives aimed at sustainable consumption and production. These should improve the overall environmental performance of products throughout their life cycle, stimulate demand for better products and production technologies, and help consumers make informed choices. Under the European Green Deal and, in particular, the new Circular Economy Action Plan, a sustainable product policy legislative initiative was announced to make products fit for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and circular economy.

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